A volunteer-led group helping to keep the emergency services moving in adverse winter weather has marked its 10th anniversary.
4x4 Response North East celebrated hitting the milestone with a party at the New Mill in South Shields.
For a decade volunteers have been providing vehicle and driver assistance to the emergency services, Northern Doctors Urgent Care, the NHS, Raynet and local authorities during adverse weather conditions and over difficult terrain. The group of 4x4 owners operate throughout the region from the Scottish Borders to Yorkshire and across to Haltwhistle.
Diane Dickinson, senior co-ordinator for 4x4RNE and one of the founder members, said “I am so proud of being a part of 4x4RNE. We have a fantastic team who we can rely on no matter when we are called out.
“One year when we had a bad winter and I had drivers out for 46 consecutive days including Christmas Day and all the holidays.
“We have not let anyone down who needed us in the past 10 years.
“We get a great sense of satisfaction from helping out our local communities, especially when weather conditions cause chaos and a 4x4 vehicle is the most suitable mode of transport.”
The organisation attends shows and events throughout the year alongside 4x4 Response UK to marshal local events.
The non-profit group currently has more than 40 members but is always looking for new volunteers to join them.
Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at the New Mill pub.
Anyone who is interested and would like to find out more about the group, visit www.4x4rne.co.uk